Brick­lay­ing in the genes for Dave

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Dave Tay­lor al­ways thought he wanted to be a builder but, when the op­por­tu­nity for him to take on a brick­lay­ing ap­pren­tice­ship came up, he grabbed it with open arms.

You could say that brick­lay­ing is a fam­ily af­fair for Dave.

His dad was a brick­layer and so was his fa­ther-in­law.

He started his brick­lay­ing ap­pren­tice­ship with Les Green­well in 1981 and stayed with Les un­til 1990, when he de­cided to go out on his own.

Thus Dave Tay­lor Brick­lay­ing Ltd was born.

‘‘If it wasn’t for Les I wouldn’t have been able to do what I’ve done.

‘‘He’s old school and a bril­liant trades­man.

‘‘I hold Les in very high re­gard,’’ Dave said.

‘‘When I de­cided to go out on my own, Les helped me find a ve­hi­cle and wished me luck. I re­ally couldn’t have asked for any­one bet­ter to do my ap­pren­tice­ship with.’’

Dave has been build­ing cow­sheds since the 1990s and he and his team have built cow­sheds all over the coun­try.

For a long time, Dave was the only one keen enough to take on the con­struc­tion of new cow­sheds.

Dave said the pres­sure is al­ways on to com­plete the cow­shed quickly be­cause of the time con­straints on farm­ers.

There is no such thing as a stan­dard shed, ac­cord­ing to Dave – no shed is ex­actly the same and it is crit­i­cal to spend time with the farmer so it is clear what their de­sired out­come is.

Dave said he is lucky to have such a great group of peo­ple work­ing for him, in­clud­ing his wife Jan, who takes care of all the book work.

‘‘We are a very ef­fec­tive team, we get in there and get things done.

‘‘We all pull to­gether to get our jobs com­pleted on time,’’ he said.

‘‘Some­times that means work­ing seven days a week.’’

Al­though build­ing cow­sheds is one of Dave Tay­lor Brick­lay­ing’s spe­cial­i­ties, Dave and his team have also worked on mas­sive com­mer­cial jobs for Stan­ley Con­struc­tion, in­clud­ing the Chateau at Mt Ruapehu, Waikato Hospi­tal and nu­mer­ous Burger Kings, KFCs and Star­bucks.

Dave said it was great work­ing so closely with Shane and Sarah Gold­smith dur­ing the con­struc­tion of their new cow­shed and ef­flu­ent sys­tem.

‘‘Shane was al­ways open to new ideas and sug­ges­tions. It makes it a lot eas­ier,’’ he said.

An open day will be held at the Gold­smiths’ new cow­shed on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 22.

There will be a sausage siz­zle and a few re­fresh­ments served and it will also give other con­trac­tors and sup­pli­ers the op­por­tu­nity to show­case the goods and ser­vices they pro­vided dur­ing the con­struc­tion of the cow­shed.

Ev­ery­one is wel­come to at­tend.

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